Voters get choices on school, county boards
A pair of contested races in the county and Oregon School District will sit atop an otherwise quiet ballot for Fitchburg voters.
While no city government elections will be on the ballot because the city holds those in odd years, Fitchburg voters in the Oregon School District will have a primary election next month and choose from the top two vote-getters in the spring, and those who reside in Dane County District 27 will vote in contested elections April 1.
Fitchburg voters in OSD – the southeast, mostly rural area of the city – will have a primary election for the Oregon School Board coming up in February with three candidates declaring for the Area IV seat.
Incumbent Wayne Mixdorf has filed papers to run again and will run against newcomers Gwen Maitzen and Justin Zander.
Maitzen is a former Oregon High School art and alternative education teacher in the district who recently retired. Zander is also a former Oregon High School teacher who taught a home construction class for several years.
Mixdorf, elected in 2011, is a retired administrator with the state Department of Corrections, as well as a licensed social worker and certified divorce mediator.
The primary will be Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Voters in Dane County District 27 – essentially the northern half of the city, from McKee Road up – will have a choice between two sitting alders, incumbent Dorothy Krause and Patrick Stern.
Stern has been employed by Tri-North builders since 2003 and sits on the Fitchburg Common Council in District 2.
Krause was first elected as a county supervisor in 2012, and she serves on the city council in District 1. She listed her occupation in a ConnectFitchburg.com questionnaire last year as a computer consultant and community activist.
Both Stern and Krause joined the Fitchburg council in contested elections in 2011.
Fitchburg’s other county district, 33, has only incumbent Jenni Dye running.
Dane County Circuit Court judges John W. Markson and William E. Hanrahan also face re-election.
Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle contributed to this story.